The First Tee of Greater Baltimore is sending Jairus Gaines, a junior at Gilman, and Kendel Abrams, a junior at Susquehannock in Glen Rock, Pa., to compete in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., an official PGA Tour Champions event Sept. 13-18.
Gaines and Abrams will join 79 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 13th year. They were selected by a national panel of judges, who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee. The juniors will be teamed with 81 PGA Tour Champions players and 162 amateurs.
Gaines is a member of the Gilman golf team. He started playing at age 2. In 2004 and 2005, he had top finishes in the US Kids Regional Championship. In 2010, on the Plantation Tour, he finished in the top three. He has been in The First Tee of Greater Baltimore program for four years.
Abrams is the only girl starting on her high school varsity. Recently, she was a county medalist and played in the Division High School Golf Championship. She is on the distinguished honor roll with 4.36 GPA. She developed a program called "Grasp Girls with Golf" three years ago to get more girls playing golf. Kendel has been in The First Tee of Greater Baltimore program for three years.
"Kendel and Jairus ... have grown into amazing players and influential teens in the Baltimore golf community," said Sinclair Eaddy Jr., executive director of The First Tee of Greater Baltimore. "To have two students participate at Pebble Beach this year is a testament to the students' hard work and determination on and off the course."
Gaels guard Morsell has Terps in final five
Darryl Morsell, a rising senior combo guard at Mount Saint Joseph, released his top five college choices Tuesday: Virginia Tech, Villanova, Dayton, Notre Dame and Maryland. Morsell plans to take an unofficial visit to College Park later this month, according to SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria. He also will make an official visit to Notre Dame in mid-September. He detailed his top five for madehoops.com. Why Maryland? "They are close in proximity to me and I grew up watching them," Morsell told the website. "I like the relationship I have with head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant coach Bino Ranson. I've gotten to learn a lot about their program and I'm happy to have a strong relationship with them." Morsell helped the Gaels to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Baltimore Catholic League title games last season.
More college basketball: For months, Malik Winston's post-grad plan was to attend prep school. The former Dundalk star, who graduated this spring, had the grades to attend college immediately. But the level of basketball interest just wasn't quite where he thought it should be. That all changed "about a week or so ago" when the Morehead State coaching staff reached out to Winston, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound combo guard. He committed to the Eagles on Monday night. "It kind of feels unreal that I'm going to be playing Division I ball," Winston said Tuesday. "It hasn't really hit me yet. I think when I get on campus, it will. Right now, it's crazy. It's a good feeling. I'm excited."
College football: Salisbury was picked to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference title this season in a vote of league coaches. The Sea Gulls, who received three first-place votes, tied for the 2015 championship with Wesley, which finished second in the 2016 poll, earning five first-place votes. Frostburg State was picked to finish third, garnering one first-place vote.
College administration: Washington College promoted Thad Moore, who had been associate athletic director since 2010, to director of athletics. Moore, a 1996 Salisbury graduate, succeeds Bryan Matthews, who retired in July. Moore, who has been head athletic trainer for the Shoremen since 2000, previously worked at the Mark Mettrick professional soccer school and with the University of Connecticut football program..
Major League Lacrosse: Ohio Machine attackman John Grant Jr., a former Chesapeake Bayhawks player, was named Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a league-record 10 goals Saturday and overtaking another former Bayhawk, Casey Powell, as MLL's all-time points leader with 534. Bayhawks midfielder Myles Jones was named Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals, including a 2-pointer, and adding three assists against the Charlotte Hounds.
Tennis: Frances Tiafoe, 18, an alumnus of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, claimed his first ATP Tour Challenger title at the Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby in Granby, Calif., on Sunday, and current JTCC player Alexa Noel, 13, representing Team USA, was the runner-up in the ITF World Junior Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic. Tiafoe is from Hyattsville.